I discovered this wine at Manchester SITT this year, and am now approaching the end of my second case. So I am strongly recommending this wine, but read the tasting note below first to see if it is for you – I am sure it will not suit all tastes.
It is a Romanian wine made by Cramele Recas, and has a modest 12.5% alcohol. The region is not specified on the label, but according to Tanners the estate is “located in the western fringes of the Transylvania/Banat region near the city of Timisoara in the west of the country”. I got mine from Tanners, who now sell it for £6.80, but Google will throw up a number of alternative merchants.
Light ruby, with a violet tinge. Definite Pinot Noir aromatics on the nose, but equally definitely not Burgundy. And not like pretty much any other style of Pinot Noir I have encountered before. Most importantly, it is emphatically not the dire concoction that cheap Pinot Noir usually is. This is soft, light and fruity, and suggestive of carbonic maceration. I would say confected, but that commonly has negative connotations. There is also a very slight hint of oak. The aromas carry through to the impression on the palate. Here, it is not at all flabby. The acidity is pretty much middle of the range, and there is noticeable but not obtrusive astringency. Pretty good length. Back in March, I thought this wine had a slight reductive note, but a few months later it seemed to have sorted itself out. Not one for keeping, but with a wine as gluggable as this why would you want to? A very easy wine to match with food. Try it with anything savoury apart from the lightest of white fish and the darkest of meats. A slight chill on the wine wouldn’t hurt. Excellent value for money ***